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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New York City Houses, Year-by-Year

The good people over at Property Shark have put together a slide show of houses in New York City, with examples of domestic architecture from 1821 to the present. (Looking through it, only one year appears to be missing--1827. We'll see if we can find a home from that year and append it to this post.)

The slide show is a wonderful way to see how housing styles changed--and didn't change--throughout the 19th century. Many of the slides from the middle of that century are homes in Brooklyn Heights, which has the best preserved array of townhouses anywhere in the city. We focus on these houses in our walking tour of Brooklyn Heights.

One caveat: take the years attached to the slides with a grain of salt. For most of the 19th century, there was no Department of Buildings or permitting process, so construction dates are often an estimation. Also, the dates on some of these slides--especially in the 1970s--are just inexplicably wrong. Still, it's a great tour of New York property and includes recent sale prices for many properties.

The slideshow can be found at

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